Submission Info




Submissions for the 2017 Detroit Fringe Forward Festival are now closed. The information below gives you a sense of the criteria and festival goals our advisory committee based their selections on. Please join us for our 2017 festival on September 28-October 1, and check back here in late April of 2018 for future submission info!

Continuing the momentum that has produced over 50 shows in the past 4 years, the 2017 Detroit Fringe Forward Festival is back Thursday September 28 through Sunday October 1, 2017. DFFF is dedicated to supporting an eclectic cross-section of Detroit performers while providing a forum for new works that advance the medium beyond the traditional proscenium play and facilitating a weekend of events that celebrates neighbors, artists and audiences connecting through the performing arts.

All DFFF performances must be submitted through our online system to be considered for the festival. Typically we only include works that are performance ready (i.e., all or a majority of performers are cast, a director or producer is working with the show, etc) even if the show has not been staged before. Playwrights are welcome to submit their scripts but be advised: each submission will be responsible for securing a director and/or casting the performance prior to its admission to the festival lineup. The Detroit Fringe Forward Festival will not cast and/or direct your performance.

Evaluation Criteria:

We are specifically looking for works that feature at least one of the below:

  • *works that foster artistic experimentation – works in new or rarely seen genres or works that employ progressive media (this can be in terms of content or form or both)
  • *works that take risks – trying things untried and expanding expectations about what performance is and what it can be
  • *new performances in development – the DFFF is a great way to try out a work in progress!
  • *work that celebrates facets of our Detroit community

        And if you aren’t sure that your work fits into any of the above, then tell us about

  • *inspiration– How does this work inspire you? Why are you inspired to have it be a part of the 2017 Fringe? You can let us know by uploading a pdf of your response to the “Statement of Inspiration” file upload button.

Accepted genres include:

Drama        Comedy    Performance Art    Musical    Experimental   Pop Culture

Family-Friendly    Movement-based    Other (If  “Other” you will be asked to describe)

Once all submissions have been received, they will be evaluated by festival staff and all submitting artists will be contacted by Monday July 17th. Artists invited to participate in the festival will receive a small production stipend ($300 for full-length performances; $150 for performances of 30 minutes or less and $50 for solo performances of 10 minutes or less) and are guaranteed a free venue, stage manager, house staff, basic light, sound and projection equipment, tech needs and inclusion in Fringe Forward 2017 marketing materials. All participants are responsible for creating, staging and marketing their shows, must attend your required tech rehearsal and will be asked to adhere to all DFFF production deadlines (contract due dates, pr info dates, tech times, schedule conflicts, etc).

Professional Development and Awards:

All works chosen for the festival will be offered a chance to participate in a professional development session with professional mentor as a way to gain feedback about process and increase connections within Detroit’s artistic community.

At the end of the festival the “Jury’s Choice” award and “Audience Choice” award will be given to two performances, who will each receive a percentage of the festival box office and a fully staged spot in CMAP’s 2018 programming line-up.